Jason Ford with an historic piece of memorabilia from the PMB (now PCA) display at Expo 88 … the item has been donated to the Kingaroy Heritage Museum by local resident Chris Seng

April 30, 2018

The official opening of Kingaroy’s special 30th Anniversary Expo 88 exhibition will be carried out on May 1 by special guest Sallyanne Atkinson.

The former Brisbane Lord Mayor will be cutting the ribbon at the Kingaroy Heritage Museum at 10:30am.

The razzle-dazzle will also include an outside broadcast by ABC Local Radio.

Although the official opening is on Tuesday, visitors had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the exhibition on Monday … including one woman, Sarah, who flew up from Victoria especially for the occasion.

John Moore, from Crows Nest, also drove over to take a look at the collection which has been painstakingly put together by Kingaroy resident Jason Ford.

John said he spent four days visiting the original Expo – which he thought was amazing – and the Kingaroy display had brought back many memories.

Jason said that counting all the collector pins, there were more than 1000 items on display.

Special items include wall plaques from the German Beer Hall, four of the actual “theme week” stamps used to stamp passports, Expo street banners and two “Art Buster” statues.

A special 30-minute video capturing the sights and sounds of Expo, shot by a then 15-year-old teenager on Super 8, is also on loop.

The exhibition, which is free, will be at museum until the end of October.

Visitors have the opportunity to win one of six Expo 88 memorabilia packs, each including a genuine Expo book, sticker, postcard, entry ticket and $5 Expo cash.

One pack will be drawn every month during the exhibition.

John Moore travelled from Crows Nest to be one of the first people to take a look at the exhibition

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